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More cash for Irish rural drinking water

Ireland's environment minister Noel Dempsey on Friday announced another year of record-breaking state investment designed to improve the quality of drinking water distributed in rural areas by private group water schemes. Almost 40% of such services do not meet EU standards, affecting about 50,000 residents. In 2002, euros 80m is being made available for improvements as part of a seven-year investment programme. The government has set a deadline of the end of 2003 for compliance with EU microbiological standards by all group water schemes (EED 23/06/00). See press release.

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